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Medical Anatomy and Histology

The anatomy section examines principal structures of the human body, explains the three-dimensional relations between the organs, and links them to surface anatomy. Special attention is applied to clinical relevance of anatomy: variations of the structures, congenital abnormalities, and deformation of organs indicative of common health conditions and diseases. Generally accepted practices and methods of testing for structure integrity and functionality, as well as some cases of surgical repair and other treatments, are discussed.

The histology section of this course covers the microscopic characteristics of various organelles, cells, and tissues. Numerous microscopic images are presented and discussed to build up students' recognition skills and facilitate understanding of the structure and function.

Mandatory anatomy lectures are supported by optional hands-on activities: students can immerse themselves in independent study of anatomical models during open lab hours, and they can join after-class workshops where they work in small groups under supervision of faculty. In addition, selected challenging material is presented to students in short videos that they can access online from home. There are plenty of opportunities to practice your skills with the NetAnatomy image bank and study questions.

Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The biochemistry portion of this course gives a comprehensive description and understanding of chemical structures of biomolecules and their role in biochemical pathways, biosynthesis and degradation as well as energy generation in the human body. An understanding of the chemistry of the human body is not only essential for medical practice but also contributes to the learning and understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, and numerous clinical and laboratory diagnostics areas.

The biometabolism part of biochemistry includes metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and their associated bioenergetics.

The molecular biology/genetics portion of the course examines mechanisms and methods in molecular biology, giving special attention to biochemical mechanisms of mutagenesis, replication, regulation, transcription, and translation as well as the chemistry of protein products and their biological functions. Principles and mechanisms of inheritance and variation are also included.

Medical Microbiology and Immunology

This course provides fundamental concepts necessary to understand the pathogenesis of microbial organisms and the mechanisms for host resistance. The Immunology module covers physical, cellular and molecular principals underlying immune responses to infections as well the consequences of an under-active or over-reactive immune system. The Microbiology module examines etiology, pathophysiology, host defenses, diagnosis and methods for prevention of bacterial and viral infections. After taking this course, students should have a solid understanding of the immune system functions, the clinical relevance of various microbes, and the ability to correlate basic science with clinical practice.

Medical Physiology and Biophysics

This course provides the basic principles and key concepts of cellular and organ system function related to normal physiology of the human body. Emphasis is given to understanding and mastering concepts in biophysics, neurophysiology, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal physiology. Pathophysiological mechanisms of diseases are presented to better illustrate the clinical significance of normal physiological functions. This pivotal subject integrates well with other basic science courses taught in this program providing an avenue for better understanding and integration of the complex functions of the human body.

The purpose of the Medical Education Review Program is to prepare prospective students to be successful as a medical student. Students accepted into this program are conditionally admitted into medical school, and will not be awarded any kind of degree or credential other than a certificate of completion. However, we believe that students who successfully complete the program will be prepared for the challenge of medical school.